His­toric Ser­vice at Stanstead South on Sun­day

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

There will be a fi­nal De-Con­se­cra­tion Ser­vice at Stanstead South United Church this Sun­day. “We will have an Easter Ser­vice and the De-Con­se­cra­tion ser­vice. It will be a very emo­tional thing,” com­mented Rev­erend Lise Kuzmin­ska. The Pres­bytery has ap­proved the sale of this last church be­long­ing to the United Steeples con­gre­ga­tion, and a sale could be fi­nal­ized within the com­ing weeks.

“There is a po­ten­tial buyer and the sale is in the last stage. We are hop­ing and ex­pect­ing it to go through, but we thought we had sold the church twice be­fore so, it’s not done un­til it’s done,” ex­plained Rev. Kuzmin­ska. She con­tin­ued: “This is our third church clos­ing and it’s been a very emo­tional time on some of our mem­bers, es­pe­cially those who de­voted so much of their lives to keep­ing those doors open for so long. They worked very hard to make that hap­pen and the com­mu­nity owes them a debt of grat­i­tude.”

The con­gre­ga­tion still has ac­cess to the Cen­te­nary United Church which was bought by Stanstead Col­lege, how­ever, the Rev­erend is hop­ing to find a smaller place for reg­u­lar wor­ship. “We will be talk­ing with Stan­tead Col­lege to see if there is a room on cam­pus where we might be able to wor­ship with­out both­er­ing any stu­dents. The Col­lege has been very co­op­er­a­tive and enor­mously sup­port­ive of the United Church con­gre­ga­tion,” added the Rev­erend.

An in­door garage sale will be held at the Stanstead South United Church on Satur­day, April 2nd, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Some of the items for sale in­clude chairs, pots and pans, large dish sets, pul­pits, lecterns, two or­gans, one pi­ano, can­dle­sticks, chil­dren’s books and games and more.

The Stanstead South United Church, which is in the process of be­ing sold, is hold­ing its last ser­vice this Sun­day.

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